Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Academic journal article Parameters

From the Editor

Article excerpt

The Spring 2014 issue of the US Army War College Quarterly opens with a special commentary by Michael G. Roskin, "The New Cold War." Whether we accept his premise that we are now in a new Cold War with Russia and China, his recommendations for how to avoid some pitfalls of the "old" Cold War warrant consideration.

Our first forum, On Military Interventions, features two articles on ways to make interventions both more effective and more efficient. In "Options for Avoiding Counterinsurgencies," David H. Ucko and Robert C. Egnell examine counterinsurgency missteps in Afghanistan, and discuss the merits of three alternative models. Regardless of the model, the authors remind us there are no easy solutions: military interventions require clarity of purpose and strategic commitment. Stephen Watts's and Stephanie Pezard's "Rethinking Small-Footprint Interventions" explores the utility of Thomas Shelling's concept of "Tipping Points," which indicate when conflict might shift decisively in one direction or the other. Such information can help policymakers decide whether and how to intervene in crisis situations.

The second forum, Challenges for Pacific Command, discusses recent developments in Pakistan and North Korea and their policy implications. In "Pakistan's Changing Counterterrorism Strategy: A Window of Opportunity?" Michael Spangler suggests the United States can leverage changes in Pakistan's counterterrorism focus to achieve stronger bilateral cooperation. Andrew Scobell and Mark Cozad shed useful light on the dynamic relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang in "China's North Korea Policy: Rethink or Recharge? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.